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Instructional film for telephone operators.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Audio Productions, Inc.
Sponsor: Bell System
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Communication: Telephone; Occupations: Communications; Gender roles
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: More than just about dialing.
On it's surface, this film shows with great detail the proper technique of using a rotary dial, but there's also a lot more information about the toll network of the 1940's presented.
The Boston toll switchboard's direct trunks to New York City and it's tandem trunks are shown being used. Also visible (but not used) are trunks to the nearby communities of Malden and Melrose, Massachusetts.
This snapshot in time also features various routing codes of the day for calls to New York (2L+), Chicago (312+2L+), Atlanta (404+3L+), Canton (216+064+), and even a ring down to Charlston, West Virginia (412+304).
This old instructional film for telephone operators is obsolete and really serves no purpose for the general viewer.
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Subject: I want one of this
This is a must on this website!
Never interrupt dialing once dialing has begun. That would surely be cause for firing an operator. Use your "dialing tool" with a firm grasp and dial quickly and accurately! Very dated but charming look at the way operators connected calls before DDD. That's Direct Distance Dialing to you.
Subject: I want one of those pen thingies!
A film which tells operators how to dial, with or without these cute dialling helpers. Example after example is shown, it gets pretty monotonous after a while, but it sure interesting to see the operator 'boards' from the past!